Tips to Feed Your Infants and Toddlers

I would like to share some secret tips that may help you feed your little ones easily. The tips I am sharing with you will help you get your child to eat without him throwing tantrums and being fussy. So here we go.

  1. Your child’s breakfast should always be his favourite. As parents, you will know what your child likes the most and make a list of all the food items that he likes and serve 1 item daily. Try to serve his favourite breakfast – this will make your child’s mornings happier. For instance, you can include a wide range of fruits, homemade snacks like ragi cookies, wheat namkeen, healthy dairy products, pancakes, biscuits and Greek yoghurt in his breakfast. You can make pancakes with ragi floor and jaggery powder or honey syrup with nuts, different cheela like moong dal cheela with vegetables, different types of dosa like vegetable dosa, cheese dosa, chocolate dosa, etc.
  1. Once your child has his breakfast, make sure that he has his next meal should be as per your choice. This way your child will get into the habit of eating everything (even if he doesn’t like it). Also, there should be a gap of 2 to 3 hours between two meals.
  1. Get your child into the habit of eating on his own. Let him eat his favourite food items by himself and feed him only when you want to introduce some specific foods. Let your child try different food items and experience different tastes all varieties of food that you consume. This will help you understand his taste and preferences, which will then help you to understand what kinds of foods he likes and prepare a food chart for him.

For example, if your child likes plain rice, then you can add paneer and little ghee in rice. This will maintain the same taste of plain rice but it will become healthier. At the same time if your child likes dal, sabji, and chawal than you can give onion and garlic tadka to make it tastier and nutritious.

If your child wants to eat plain roti, then you can make stuffed roti (paratha) with grated vegetables, boiled dals, pulses individually or proportionately and spices according to your child’s taste. That way your question of feeding veggies, dal and pulses will be solved and your child will also be happy because the taste of roti will not change significantly in this case.

  1. Observe your child’s schedule and try to understand when he is extremely hungry. Once you get to know then please maintain that gap of hours between two meals. Let your child feel hungry then offer food. This will make easier to feed your child.

Be flexible with your child’s diet and one super-secret is to full your tummy first and then sit with your child to feed him as kids may take a long time to finish meals. Try these tips and feed your child!

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